Earlier this month, 3 years of hard work finally came to an end as I graduated with a first-class honors degree in Media and Communications. It seems like forever since I handed in my dissertation back in May, meaning university has just been a distant memory for me lately, so it was so lovely to see all my friends again and celebrate us all graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University.
Thankfully, we had such a lovely day weather-wise! The sun was shining, and there was a gentle breeze in the air, which meant that we weren’t too sweaty or windswept in our photographs. It was a very early start for us, as my graduation was the first one of the days, meaning that we had to be in Canterbury for 8 am ready for a 9:30 start. Getting up at 6 am to get ready wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. And luckily my hair and makeup didn’t look liked I’d done it half asleep which was a bonus!
We headed straight for the library where I got gowned up and then had some professional photographs taken. The gown was much heavier than I anticipated and really could have done with an iron before. But that’s what happens when you hire one rather than buy one.
We then grabbed a quick bite to eat and a drink before heading down to the cathedral. The graduation actually took place inside Canterbury Cathedral which was absolutely breath-taking. Well, it would have been a lot more breath-taking if it hadn’t been for all the scaffolding and building work going on around it. But nonetheless, we found the spots where you couldn’t see any cranes or buckets for our photographs.
I said goodbye to my parents and my boyfriend as they headed off to sit down (and somehow managed to bag themselves front row seats – lucky them), and met up with my uni friends to head to our seats (which we’re right at the back – how does that work? 😂). There was a good couple of hundred students graduating, so as you can imagine it took quite a while to get through everyone. However, the lady did a good job of both speeding through and pronouncing all of the names as best as she could.
It all seems like a bit of a blur now as it went really quickly. The lady said my name, I walked up and shook the hand of a man I’d never met before, and the walked off WITHOUT TRIPPING UP! I also gave a mini celebration wave to my parents and boyfriend as I passed them forgetting that the whole thing was being filmed and live-streamed.
After the ceremony was over, we all headed outside to get our photos and throw our hats in the air as you do. Big shout out to my dad to capturing this great photo of me throwing my cap – he’s very proud of himself.
The gown then sadly had to be given back, but I still had the rest of the day to celebrate. We started off with a couple of drinks and nibbles at the university and then headed into Canterbury town for a bite to eat at Cote Brasserie.
We then went back home for a nap (it felt like a long day), before getting ready again to go out for more celebrations with the rest of my family. We went for dinner and drinks at Miller and Carter, which is one of my favourite places to eat. My parents then surprised me with the most amazing cake, which both looked and tasted incredible! It was made by the lovely Kelly from Collier’s Cake House. She also made my cake for my 21st birthday which was equally amazing.
I had the absolute best time at university and I’m really going to miss it. I learned so much there, both about my degree, about life and most importantly about myself. I’m so excited to be putting my three years of hard work to use, working within Digital Marketing.
Dress: Chi Chi London
Shoes: Miss Diva
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